Location: Forks, WA
Dates: Oct 22-26, 2017
Tuition: $1595 ($300 deposit)
Instructors: Alex Mody and Alex Noriega
Group Size: Limit of 8 participants (4:1 client to instructor ratio)
Highlights: Five days photographing lush, temperate rainforests awash with autumn color, dramatic seastacks on stunning wild beaches, misty coniferous forests, jagged glaciated peaks, and informative post-processing instruction.
Overview: Referred to by many as being three parks in one, Olympic National Park is an incredible and ecologically diverse place. 95 percent of the park is designated wilderness - and in this wilderness, one can find three drastically different ecosystems which exist in perfect harmony: thousands of acres of lush temperate rainforests - complete with massive old growth forests, over 60 miles of rugged coastline, featuring sea stacks and picturesque rocky beaches, and layers of jagged, glaciated mountain peaks that stretch as far as the eye can see. There is nowhere else in the contiguous US where all of these ecosystems may be found so close to one another, and it makes Olympic National Park a dream destination for a nature photographer of any skill level.
Throughout this tour, we photograph as much of what Olympic National Park has to offer, as we can, in three full day and two half-day sessions. We will have sunrise and sunset shoots along the coast, including but not limited to locations such as Second Beach, Rialto Beach, and Ruby Beach. We will venture up to Hurricane Ridge at least one afternoon, in search of wildlife and scenic alpine vistas, and throughout the day, as light and weather allow, we will photograph lush, jurassic-esque scenes of mossy trees and gigantic ferns deep in the rain forests. If on any given day, morning conditions are not favorable for sunrise light on the coast, we photograph rainforest scenes instead.
Itinerary: On Day 1, we meet at 3pm at Forks Motel in Forks, WA. We will have a quick meet-and-greet, and a brief introductory session over a late lunch, before heading out to photograph sunset at one of our coastal locations.
Days 2, 3, and 4: We will not have a set day-to-day itinerary for this workshop. Alex and I are professionals - we will take into consideration the tides, weather conditions, as well as our participants' personal goals, and we will make decisions to put our clients in the best position possible to create compelling images. For the duration of the workshop, we will be out in the field each day, photographing at dawn, and late into the evening, breaking after sunset. What we do in between depends upon the weather. If conditions are conducive to making images throughout the day, we will do so. If they are not, we will hold classroom sessions, going through basic and advanced digital workflow topics. We will break for meals, and we will also be certain to plan time each day to rest and back up images as needed.
Day 5: We repeat our morning schedule from the day before. We break by noon, after a final morning shoot, wrap-up brunch, and optional image-sharing session.
Fitness Level: Like any outdoor nature photography workshop, a reasonable degree of fitness is ideal. Physical activity for this tour will be minimal. Participants should be prepared to walk 1-2 miles RT over rocky, uneven, and sandy terrain once or twice each day.
Accommodation: All participants are required to find their own lodging. Alex and I are staying at the Forks Motel in Forks, Washington, and have a block of rooms reserved for clients. This will be our base of operations and meeting point for all workshop activities. There are a number of campsites in and around the park, but beware that the closest ones may be 20-30 minutes away from where we meet in the mornings.
- Expert instruction and guiding in the field
- Image critique sessions with both Alex and I
- Post-processing sessions with Alex and I
Tuition does not include:
- Transportation (Participants are asked to carpool. Due to insurance reasons, we are not able to drive any participants.)
- Lodging, meals & incidental costs.
Final Payment: An invoice for your final balance will be sent ~90 days before the trip. Your refundable deposit becomes nonrefundable 60 days before the trip.
Questions? Please feel free to contact me if you have any.